Thirty-something years before making it big with 'Seinfeld', the titular actor took a passing fancy in the pseudo-religion. “I did some Scientology courses about 30 years ago,” he told Access Hollywood. "I didn’t do very much. I don’t know that much, I just did a little but I liked it."
Jeffrey Tambor repudiated a New York Times claim in 2007 that his was a fully fledged Scientologist. "I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for a while, but no more," said the Emmy winner. "I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist."
When Reeve was 22, he sought more information on the religion and so, went for an assessment that ended with him fully enrolled. Before long the topic of past lives was introduced, so the 'Superman' actor put the Scientology process to the test by concocting a wildly fabricated story. "I was simply relying on [my auditor's] ability, assisted by the E-Meter, to discern the truth. The fact that I got away with a blatant fabrication completely devalued my belief in the process."
The late singer -- of 'Sonny & Bono' and mayor of Palm Springs fame -- had, like many on this list, dabbled in Scientology -- this, at least according to his former partner, Cher. Despite Bono being Roman Catholic on all official documents, Cher maintains that he, like Tom Cruise (with whom Cher had a fling) was a Scientologist.
The 'Major League' actor felt Scientology came between he and his wife, Lisa, whose unfailing devotion, he feels, resulted in their 1997 divorce.
The most recent departed, Jason Lee's devotion threatened to ruin not one but two marriages. The first, to Carmen Llywelyn, ended when Carmen refused to commit to Scientology. Lee married his second wife, Ceren Alkac, in 2008 and while the religion threatened to split them up, they worked through it. The couple's move to Denton, Texas, had many suspecting they were there to open a Scientology centre but when the local paper interviewed him, Lee stated simply, "We don't practise Scientology."
Lisa Marie Presley
It was 2012 when Elvis's daughter left with a song. Literally. Soonafter she would release 'Storm & Grace', an album that features several lyrics that not-so-subtly denounces the church.
“This here is a city without lights / Those are all the people without eyes / Churches, they don’t have a soul / Soup for sale without a bowl / Religion so corrupt and running lives / Farewell, fair weathered friends / I can’t say I’ll miss you in the end."
Though it would have given the "Interview with the Vampire" co-stars something to talk about, Pitt's involvement with Scientology was short-lived, having only taken a few courses on the subject. As with many on this list, Pitt's interest waxed and waned in sync with his relationship with Juliette Lewis, a Scientologist Pitt was dating at the time.
At the risk of echoing Scientology's sentiment, you could say Leah has fashioned for herself a second career as a poster child for anti-Scientology. Having spent 30 years in the church, Remini's resolve began to crack when she started questioning the whereabouts of David Miscavige's wife. The spouse of the head of Scientology hadn't been seen since 2007. Smelling something foul, Remini eventually left in 2013 but it was 2015's HBO documentary 'Going Clear', that really put the religion under the microscope and threw a lot of support Remini's way.
Patient Zero -- otherwise known as Mimi Rogers -- was the one who introduced her then-husband, Tom Cruise, to the wacky world of Scientology. Like those of the ex-wives that would proceed her, Rogers's departure from the religion followed shortly after her divorce from Cruise.
Another of the "Tom Cruise Wives Club", Nicole Kidman has remained tight-lipped regarding her involvement with the church, an involvement that ended with her marriage to Cruise. "I have two children [adopted with Cruise]," she told the Hollywood Reporter, "who are Scientologists – Connor and Isabella – and I utterly respect their beliefs."
The last of Tom Cruise's ex-wives (collect 'em all!) was perhaps the most divisive. The age difference and Cruise's seeming control over Holmes -- in light of Cruise's loosening grip on reality and heated interviews at the time -- made everyone think Holmes was joining Scientology against her will. Any doubts were confirmed when, upon their divorce -- you guessed it! -- Katie (and Suri) left Scientology behind.
The 'Chicago PD' actor had been a devout Scientologist until he got into a car crash and a fellow follower suggested the accident befell him because of his friendship with a homosexual.
He left in 2008, having spent an estimated $1 million towards becoming an "OT5 auditor".
One of the more vociferous opponents of the religion -- thanks to a piece he wrote in the New Yorker in 2009 -- is screenwriter Paul Haggis, who compared his time as a Scientologist to being "in a cult for 34 years."
But it was Prop 8 -- California's ballot to denounce same-sex marriage -- that saw Haggis cut all ties with the religion, who refused to publicly denounce the controversial bill.